Feb 21, 2003
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Feb 5, 2003
Dear Dame Edna,
I would very much like to learn a foreign language, preferably French or Italian, but every time I mention this, people tell me to learn Spanish instead. They say, "Everyone is going to be speaking Spanish in 10 years. George W. Bush speaks Spanish." Could this be true? Are we all going to have to speak Spanish?
Torn Romantic, Palm Beach
Forget Spanish. There's nothing in that language worth reading except Don Quixote, and a quick listen to the CD of Man of La Mancha will take care of that. There was a poet named Garcia Lorca, but I'd leave him on the intellectual back burner if I were you. As for everyone's speaking it, what twaddle! Who speaks it that you are really desperate to talk to? The help? Your leaf blower?
Study French or German, where there are at least a few books worth reading, or, if you're American, try English.
The Association of Hispanic Journalists issued a letter of protest. If anybody finds Dame Edna's response remotely funny, he/she must be a very sick person.
Feb 4, 2003
I leaned back exhausted. I always found it amusing and slightly embarrassing when I had to translate praise about my own work. Excerpt from the book On Interpreting by Suzanne Glass.
Birdsongs and avian "linguistics". And the long article that set me off in this wild canary chase: How the songs of canaries upset a fundamental principle of science
Feb 2, 2003
Children Underground - street kids in Romania
La Piscine - Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin. Eye-dazzling.
The Straight Story - David Lynch Disneyfied.